Today’s parents are learning a new vocabulary. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders are being diagnosed in children under 13 years old by many paediatricians and psychologists. Parents are looking for alternatives to drugs, such as Rydalin, to help their children focus and concentrate in school. And many Canada’s Best Karate parents are finding that their children are learning to control their emotional reactions and concentrate longer in school due to participating in karate classes. This increased performance has been linked to the combined mind and body training that is integral to karate.
In his book Shadow Syndrome, Dr. John J. Rately says “… karate … involve(s) both strenuous exercise and focused awareness. It is this dual focus that gives the martial arts a unique power to improve a variety of brain functions.” Dr. Rately goes on to say, “Unlike most Western sports, the martial arts specifically train the mind as well as the body: novices are taught to pay attention – conscious focused attention – to their balance, timing, endurance, ability to act sequentially, the speed and strength of each muscle and the way they move through space.”
Helping children diagnosed with ADD, Autism and other learning disorders involves getting a team together, including doctors and educators, to guide parents towards finding solutions that work for their child’s unique situation. Canada’s Best Karate is proud to be included on many such “teams”. Please feel free to contact us at 905-879-8008 to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s unique challenges.